Hank's Handshake - cont'd.

In the summer of 1991, I wrote to Carl Palmer via Modern Drummer magazine, requesting to aquire any kind of close up pictures of his drum kit - (the stainless steel one pictured on the back of Welcome Back my Friends album). I told him who I was, and that I saw the band at The Spectrum in Philadelphia, PA twice, and thanked him for the music and enclosed a tee shirt that had my company logo and phone number.

I came home from work one day and I had a message from Carl Palmer, thanking me for the tee shirt and suggesting that I try to met up with him one day when he was in the area. When ELP came to the Mann Music Center - (circa Black Moon album), I sent Carl a telegram requesting if my wife and I could come back stage.

When we got to The Mann, I showed the chief security guy my telegram and he said, "Oh yeah, Carl told me about this." and we got to meet the band.

While in the room and in a crowd of about 40 people, I noticed Greg Lake was slowly and methodically working his way around the room. When he got to us, we shook hands, I introduced him to my wife, and I told him, "Greg, we go back a long ways." I recited some lyrics of the King Crimson days - "Cadence, and cascade; left a man laying jade; cold in the shade; while his audience played." He was intrigued and reached out for the telegram I was still holding and read it.

Maybe just a mundane story but, for the briefest of time I felt Greg gave my wife and I 110% of his attention. That is something I'll never forget.

I do have a small regret though. Look at what those guys gave to us. In retrospect, I wish I had brought gifts - you know - something small, like maybe a small bottle of wine for Keith, some guitar picks for Greg, and maybe a hat for Carl - something to say - Yo guys, thanks a lot for all the music.

Take care everyone, thanks for reading my story.

Sincerely, Hank